Binghamtown Baptist Church
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God didn't leave anybody out. We are all different. We have different gifts and abilities. We also have different levels of these gifts. He gave everybody something to work with. Jesus referred to some who brought forth thirty, some sixty, and others one hundredfold. On one of the occasions when I had the privilege of attending my own church, my pastor Dr. Mike Norris gave a message on Stewardship. He pointed out seven things the Lord has given to all His children.
First, our time. We can use our time to honor the Lord and make ourselves count, or we can waste our time selfishly and accomplish nothing of eternal value. Second, our treasure. Most folks spend their time and energy getting all they can and canning
Job bankrupt, bleeding, covered with boils, and childless. Job says, in 19:14, "My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me." Job lost everything except his God. This life on earth is filled with troubles and trials.
Have you ever started reading a book, and you got so excited you had to turn to the last chapter to see the outcome? When we compare Job chapter one and Job chapter forty two we see Job ends up with twice as many sheep, camels, oxen, and asses. God gives Mrs. Job 90 more months of pregnancy and they end up with ten children in heaven and seven sons and three daughters on earth. Christian remember, we are not home yet. The last chapter of our lives is yet to be written.
A professor of history once said, "If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him but nobody would have remembered him either." Don't quit, don't throw in the towel, God wins in the end and we have victory through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
~ Pastor Danny Gardner, Open Bible Baptist Church, Millville, NJ - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
We are at war. I am not referring to the trouble in the Middle East. I'm referring to the war between God and Satan, good vs. evil. In the book of Job, God challenges Satan to a contest. God said, "Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?"
Satan takes away Job's family, finances, fitness, friends, and his fellowship with his wife, but Satan could not take away Job's faith. Job says, "for I know that my redeemer liveth." Satan kills job's ten children and then takes away his farm. Satan leaves
I have lived to see massive change occurring on every front. The world has changed, our country has changed. Churches have changed. Our current society is degraded to a scale that makes the perverted sins of Sodom and Gomorrah seem almost mild! Today, of course, we not only condone perversion but charge those who adhere to old-fashioned Biblical standards as being guilty of hate crimes when they speak out against these wretched sins. We are also noticing a "dressing down" of attitude today in terms of permissiveness on the part of professing Christians. I am noticing a continual change in the matter of personal separation and a furthering departure of so many Independent Baptist Churches from a previously held ecclesiastical stance.
For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? ~ Romans 3:3
Today many churches attempt to put the major emphasis upon worship of God while failing to understand that true worship involves coming into God's presence clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ and coming into His presence adorned with the attitude and activity matching Biblical standards. We make our changes under the name of reaching more people but seem to forget that Paul had it right when he stated that the Gospel is what reaches people (Romans 1:16). Quite frankly, does the NIV, NASV, and Amplified Bible have a history of connection to spiritual awakening and revival to match the King James Version? Quite frankly, do we really read in the Psalms that true worship of God means taking a little time out from out pleasures to slip into a church at our own convenience while maintaining a dress down mode to make getting back to the golf course easier! After all, the problem is not so much dress as it is a careless and prideful attitude. Yes, times have certainly changed but God hasn't!
~ Dr. Chuck Peters, Smith Grove Baptist Church, Colfax, NC - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Read: Acts 9:6
Read: II Timothy 2:1-7
Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. ~ II Timothy 2:3
canning all they get. It is a mistake to ignore the lesson of the rich man who planned to tear down his barns and build greater ones to store his great possessions, only to hear Jesus say, "Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee." Third, our talents, abilities, gifts, and skills are from the Lord. James wrote, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above..." (James 1:17) Fourth, our temple. Our body is the temple of the Lord. We are to use it for His glory. Fifth, our trade. Some are skilled in building, repairing, serving in medical work and social services. Whatever we do should be for the glory of God. Sixth, our teaching. We are sermons and lessons for all who watch us live. Paul explained that we are, "Known and read of all men." (II Corinthians 3:2) Finally, our temperance. This speaks of our morals and lifestyle. Ethics and standards show who we are.
~ Dr. Tom Wallace, Franklin Road Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, TN- From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.
~ James 1:17